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The best attractions & experiences in Kariega

Morning or afternoon. Day or night. Game drives are the top attraction.

Morning game drives usually mean crack of dawn starts, but as the age-old saying goes: the early bird catches the worm. And, you’re guaranteed to see more than just a bird catching a worm on an early jaunt in the bush. Watch the sun make its ascent into the waiting sky – a photo opportunity in itself because how often do you really catch a sunrise – and the sleepy bush come to life with the break of day. Nocturnal animals scurry away to bed down for the day, big cats stretch after a long night of finishing off their kill and monkeys groom each other in the emerging sunlight. Enchanting is an understatement. 

Afternoons in the bush tend to still be baking from the midday sun. Witness elephants – unperturbed by the heat – chow down on the bush’s branches, whilst wild dogs take shelter under the shade of an accommodating tree and antelopes tiptoe down to the watering hole to quench their thirst. The scenes as serene as they are lazy.

Come evening, the air is cooler and the light soft. Vultures feast on the remains of another predator’s unlucky victim. You catch a rhino snorting in the shrubland, whilst buffalo migrate on mass in the distance. And the burning sun that sinks into the long grass makes for a backdrop that is simply asking to be caught on film. 

When night falls, everything changes once again – the perfect way to complement any one of the day-drive options. Watch bushbabies at large, fresh from their day’s slumber and look out for aardwolves sloping through the darkness. In the cloak of the night, your ears become as important as your eyes – listen carefully for a splash and you may just catch a hippo taking to the water. You’ll quickly learn that on a safari, things really do go bump in the night. 

But game drives aren’t the only way to discover the bush, all game reserves offer their own variation on excursions. So, from bushman art tours and guided walks to canoeing and fishing, make sure that you make the most out of your Eastern Cape safari experience.

All safari experiences and activities are offered by the lodges.

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Experiences and attractions in Kariega

Kariega Game Reserve

Unlike in the national parks, a private game reserve offers up an opportunity to witness wildlife in their indigenous habitat without the crowds backdropped by an endless wilderness.

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Addo Elephant National Park

So you’ve heard of the Big Five, that’s old news, but what about the Big Seven? Yep, there really is such a thing. And Addo Elephant National Park, despite the limitation that its name may suggest, has it all. Elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo, southern right whale and great white shark – your bucket-list just got seven ticks.

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